LocationNgunguru, New Zealand
Project teamHugh Tennent, Neil Drummond
Text description provided by the architects. This house for a family with two young boys is sited on a previously leveled hilltop in regenerating Northland bush. Beautiful narrow coastal views between existing trees generated an idea of the house as a bush camp – a collection of single storey rooms along a central path with outdoor spaces between. The main path through the collection of “huts” terminates in a pool.
Over sailing this central hall space is a draped second storey with latticed sides for shading which unifies the collection of forms. The lattice work casts dappled patterns throughout the day to capture a feeling of being under a tree canopy and is artificially lit from without to cast the same shadows to the interior at night.
The design seeks to take advantage of the warm northern climate, with the exterior spaces between the rooms always providing a variety of spaces to catch the sun and retreat from the sea breezes.
Passive solar, sustainable sourced materials, thermal mass, on site wastewater disposal and water collection tanks are part of the sustainable design principles used.